godssoldier777 wrote:I have just recently switched over to Open Office. I attend UOP online and they use a program called riverpoint writer. This does all of the necessary APA formatting especially the references. I was wondering if there was a program that is compatible with Open office that will do the same thing that Riverpoint did?
I tried using riverppoint with open office but it did not work even after I enabled the macros.
It's fairly easy to make your own APA template, assuming you have a copy of the APA manual,usually available in the reference section of your local university library or in their bookstore, at least , here in Canada.
Attached is an example of one that I created for my own use three or four years go. I cannot remember if it was completely APA compliant or not as it was not really intended for submitting a paper for publication, just to allow me to write fairly easily in my preferred format and to help me learn a bit more about OOo styles. As the file title suggests, it's in APA 5 format. I don't know if APA 6 has made any significant changes in basic layout See http://www.apastyle.org/
for some information on what's new in 6.
Alternatively the document processor LyX
has an up-to-date APA style and interfaces quite nicely with Zotero. It produces very professional-looking output. I have tended to use it to turn colleges' excrably formatted Word working documents into readable items.
For the references question if you are using Firefox the best idea is to install Zotero
and use it as your reference management software. In fact even if Firefox is not your favourite brower it's worth installing it just to have Zotero.
Unfortunately, AFAIK, Zotero
does not download journal references but I've found that it is fairly easy to get most of the journal article references using a bibtex reference manager, I use Jabref, and just import those references into Zotero.